No special treatment for Ong, Dargani in Pasay City Jail — BJMP

Maris Federez   •   November 29, 2021   •   319

MANILA, Philippines [UPDATED] — Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation executives Linconn Ong and Mohit Dargani are now under the custody of the Pasay City Jail.

The two Pharmally executives were formally transferred to the said facility at 2:00 PM Monday (November 29) after the Blue Ribbon Committee issued an order of commitment against the two for their failure to submit necessary documents asked of them by the Senate panel in the alleged anomalous procurement of personal protective equipment in line with the government’s anti-COVID-19 response.

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) assured that there will be no special treatment for Ong and Dargani on their transfer to the Pasay City Jail.

“Walang special treatment. Walang preferential attention para sa kanila. Ang policy ng BJMP, pantay pantay na pagtrato sa lahat ng aming mga PDL (persons deprived of liberty), patas na pagmamalasakit sa lahat,” said BJMP spokesperson Jail Chief Inspector Xavier Solda in a statement released to the media.

The BJMP official said the Pasay City Jail is currently at 1,000% congestion and that they do not have separate facilities to provide for the two Pharmally executives.

However, Ong and Dargani will be put first in the isolation area as part of the health and security procedures being implemented in the country’s jail facilities.

“Pasay City Jail is a 1000% congested facility with 1,104 persons deprived of liberty (PDL). It does not have a separate facility except the isolation area intended for newly committed PDL which is part of the health and security procedures being observed in jails,” said Solda.

Solda added that following the 10 to 14-day mandatory quarantine period, the two will be transferred to the jail cell.

“After the mandatory quarantine period of 10-14 days, the subject individuals will be assigned to a cell in the general population,” Solda said.

Before their transfer to the Pasay City Jail, Ong and Dargani went through medical check-ups and antigen testing. Both tested negative for COVID-19. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Ong, Dargani undergo medical check up prior to Pasay Jail transfer

Maris Federez   •   November 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation executives Linconn Ong and Mohit Dargani went through a medical check-up before their transfer to the Pasay City Jail Monday (November 29).

A statement released by the Senate Public Relations and Information Bureau (PRIB) to reporters said the two Pharmally executives underwent the medical check-up, including an antigen test for COVID-19, inside the Senate premises.

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee ordered Dargani and Ong’s transfer to the Pasay City Jail for their failure to provide the documents needed by the panel.

The documents will be used in the Blue Ribbon’s probe on the alleged anomalies in the purchase of personal protective equipment and other medical supplies related to the fight against COVID-19.

“In the commitment order signed Saturday, November 27, by Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Richard Gordon, Blue Ribbon Committee chairman, Ong and Dargani would remain in jail ‘until such time that they will properly answer questions propounded to them, submit documents required by the committee or otherwise purge themselves of a contempt order imposed against them’,” the Senate said. —/mbmf

Dargani, Ong to be transferred to Pasay City Jail

Maris Federez   •   November 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Vicente Sotto III has signed the commitment order for the transfer of Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation director Linconn Ong and corporate secretary and treasurer Mohit Dargani to the Pasay City Jail.

The order states that the two executives will be placed under the custody of the Pasay City Jail until they answer the questions of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee and submit the documents asked from them by the panel.

At last Friday’s hearing, Dargani said that he no longer has any knowledge on the whereabouts of the boxes containing Pharmally documents since he left for the United States in August. He, however, expressed his willingness to search for the said documents.

Ong and Pharmally’s former Regulatory Affairs Head Krizle Mago also denied knowledge about the said boxes.

“We don’t know where the boxes are, precisely because our house boxes, office boxes, everything is mixed. I want to go back and see what’s happening also,” Dargani said.

However, Senate Sergeant At Arms chief Retired Major General Rene Samonte, in a text message, reported to Blue Ribbon Committee chairperson Richard Gordon that his team was not able to launch the search for the boxes due to Dargani’s refusal to give the needed information.

“Hindi nakaalis kasi ayaw magbigay ng info kung saan pupunta, hindi daw nya alam kung nasaan — office or warehouse or residence. He was told that they can go to all three, pero ayaw pa din,” Samonte’s text message read.

He added that Mohit claimed not knowing whether the said boxes are at the Pharmally head office, in a warehouse, or at their residence.

Samonte also said that Dargani pointed to one of Pharmally’s legal counsel, Attorney Don Kapunan, as the one who knows about the documents.

The Senate official added that he had the Pharmally counsel called up and made the query, in which the lawyer denied any knowledge about the said boxes of documents.

“Ang sabi ni Mohit ay alam daw ni Atty. Kapunan, kaya pinatawagan ko. Muntik na daw mahulog ang lawyer sa upuan, kasi wala daw kaalam alam si Atty. Kapunan kung ano man ang mga documents na yun,” Samonte’s message further read.

“It seems wala talagang boxes and boxes of documents, or ayaw ilabas kung meron man. I recommend ituloy na ang transfer order asap. I will see and talk to them pag may commitment order na to Pasay City Jail,” it continued.

Mohit’s sister, Pharmally president Twinkle Dargani, on the other hand, will stay under the Senate’s custody. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Michael Yang petition before SC, a desperate move — Gordon

Maris Federez   •   November 26, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chairperson Richard Gordon believes that the decision of former presidential economic adviser, Michael Yang to file a petition before the Supreme Court is a desperate move following the arrest of some officials of Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation.

In a statement released Friday (November 26), Gordon said Yang had been caught lying several times in front of the lawmakers in the committee hearings, and that he is now afraid to go out after the arrest of Pharmally executives Linconn Ong, Mohit Dargani, and Twinkle Dargani.

“Maraming beses nang nagsinungaling si Michael Yang sa Senado. Lumalabas na siya’y takot ngayon lumabas ng kanyang tahanan matapos mahuli ang mga kasamahan sa negosyong sina Linconn Ong, at magkapatid na Mojit at Twinkle Dargani,” Gordon said.

The senator also said that Yang’s move is out of desperation to circumvent Blue Ribbon’s investigation on the questionable government procurement of medical supplies from Pharmally.

“Ang pagsampa niya ng kaso sa Korte Suprema ay bahagi ng desperadong tangkang pagpapa-ikot sa Senate Blue Ribbon Committee sa isinasagawa nitong imbestigasyon sa katiwaliang naganap sa gitna ng pandemya,” he said.

Gordon insists that the Blue Ribbon only defends the rights of Filipinos which weigh far greater than the privilege enjoyed by foreigners who live in lies.

“Ipinagtatanggol ng Komite ang karapatan ng mga taumbayan, na higit mas matimbang kaysa sa pribilehiyo ng isang banyagang nabubuhay sa kasinungalingan,” Gordon said.

Yang’s lawyer, Atty. Raymond Fortun earlier said his client will attend the Blue Ribbon Committee’s 15th hearing on the Pharmally issue.

However, Fortun said that Yang wasn’t able to attend the hearing due to an illness. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

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